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Inverness woman loses chance to stay out of jail

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Sara Matheson heard the case at Inverness Sheriff Court.
Sheriff Sara Matheson heard the case at Inverness Sheriff Court.

A sheriff criticised a 26-year-old Inverness woman for not taking the chance to stay out of jail after being placed on a community payback order.

Instead, Sheriff Sara Matheson revoked Stephanie Dickson's order which had been imposed for a variety of offences including behaving in a threatening manner towards her mother and spitting on a police officer.

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Dickson, formerly from Suilven Way, Inverness was jailed for a year.

She had previously admitted the police assault and shouting and swearing at officers following her arrest in Sir Walter Scott Drive on March 30, 2022.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that later that year on November 22, 2022 she behaved in a threatening and abusive manner towards her mother in the city’s Rowan Road and then kicked two police officers in Burnett Road Police Station.

Sheriff Matheson told her: “These are serious matters including spitting at a police officer.

"You were given the chance of a community-based disposal and failed to take up that opportunity."

The sentence was backdated to March 14 when Dickson was remanded in custody pending a background report.

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